Marvin Scott, III
Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor. Next month will be one year since George Floyd died after 9 minutes and 29 seconds under a police officer’s knee. And, just last week, we learned painfully familiar details of the shooting death of Daunte Wright, as well as violence against uniformed Army officer Caron Nazzario.
As the world awaits a verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, it is clear that, regardless of the outcome, we have not made sufficient progress eliminating racism wherever and however it manifests. This moment serves as another point of reflection on the unjust treatment that people of color face daily and the underlying systemic racism that fuels social inequalities at all levels of our society.
At Mathematica, we commit ourselves to continually surface and apply evidence to end the policies and reform the institutions that perpetuate social injustice. Our vision for the future is to shape a more equitable and just world through evidence, and we intentionally center our work and our workplace in equity. We are committed to advancing the well-being of communities of color and to lifting up the voices and insights that drive toward racial justice.
The pending verdict in the Chauvin murder trial will reverberate across the nation and the world. No matter the decision, Mathematica will continue to believe that Black lives matter. We will challenge ourselves to ask the hard questions, sit in the uncomfortable spaces needed for transformation, and devote ourselves to dismantling the complex set of factors that undermine equity within our shared company and externally. We ask that others join us in this effort. Progress is made when we work together for social justice.